Philips Norelco Arcitec Carbon Fiber Electric Razor

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People who love carbon fiber are also often big fans of good design, it goes hand in hand.  The new Philips Norelco Arcitec shaver, which features carbon fiber sides, is the epitome of good design.  There are three different models (1050, 1060, and 1090), we take a look at the 1090:

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090

The Philips Noreclo Arcitec is absolutely gorgeous.  It features brushed stainless steel housing, mirrored dark silver chrome display lens, and carbon fiber molded panels on the sides.  Not only does the razor itself feature a modern design, but the stand, and the travel case are no different.:

The Arcitec features three razor heads, as well as a trimmer.  I found the triple trimmer design to work ok, it did an excellent job on flat sections like my cheek, but on places like on my neck it took a bit of work to cleanly remove any hair.  Each razor head pivots separately from eachother, so I found myself constantly putting pressure and essentially just using one or two at a time.  The trimmer does it’s job, but that razor heads make it hard to see exactly where you are trimming.

After you’re done shaving, you can simply pop open each razor head and run it under water.  I really liked the ability to do that as it kepts things easy to clean and it was very fast.  I didn’t need to have a huge cleaning unit on my sink, especially since the holder is so gorgeous.

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090

The 1090 model that we have features an LED display on the front which displays a variety of things:

  • Number of shaving minutes left so you know when you should recharge
  • Low battery warning
  • Charging indicator
  • Cleaning indicator
  • Travel lock indicator
  • Shaving head replacement indicator

These were all extremely useful things, and lets just be honest, it looks cool.

Charging only takes 1 hour, and gives you 21 days of cordless shaving time.  The stand itself is self-charging, so you do not need to plugin the actual razor.  Simply plug the stand in, sit the razor in it, and you’re good to go.  If you’re traveling and using the travel case (named the power pod), the case plugs in and will charge the razor.  It also features automatic voltage selection, so you won’t have anything to worry about when traveling overseas.

Speaking of the power pod, the thing is huge.  The case is bigger than the razor itself, as it is encompassed by it.  The power pod design is sleek, and does its job of protecting the razor:

Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090

The 1050 model starts at $180 and the 1090 model is $250, although at the time of writing we’re seeing it for $140 and $180 (plus free shipping) at Amazon.  The razor is quite pricey, but if you’re like me, and want something that not only looks phenomenal, but also works good, then it’s well worth it.  I’m picky about what is on my bathroom counter top, and I’d have no problem paying slightly extra for the Arcitec.

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  • EddyA

    i’ve had this thing for a year…
    i find it to be worthless, though i continue to try to use it every day. it won’t shave my neck at all. you are right though, it sure is nice looking and easy to clean. and it doesn’t give me a rash either even though most shavers do. but yeah, i look like i didn’t shave my neck at all when i finish using it.

  • I also had trouble shaving my neck, but with a bit of effort I got it clean….it just took some work 🙂

  • EddyA

    man, i guess we just have different hair growth directions/textures. I’ve tried everything with it on my neck; pressing hard, pressing softly, spinning it, swirling motion, etc.. I’ve tried until my neck is glowing red, but still doesn’t get me smooth.

    oh one more thing: the rubber finish on the back of the unit is fantastic. one of the nicest finishes of the sort i’ve seen. why don’t we see that stuff on every cell phone?

  • William Spratt

    I was going to buy one because I have trouble shaving my neck clean, but all the comments say it does not do the job it is advertised to do. Seems like a lot of money for a razor that does not work. Quess I will stay with my Braun. We can put a man on the moon but we cannot make a electric razor that does a good job.

  • Wesley

    This thing sucks! I’ve had it for over a year and still fight to get a clean shave on my neck! The actual design is cool, but the effectiveness of the design leaves much to be desired. Also, when I use the cutter for shaping my sideburns, the heads obstruct my view! I have to touch up my sides by feel. Norelco is a great brand, but this design never should have made it to market. I want to replace the heads and can’t find them anywhere either!

  • Disappointed

    This thing sucks really bad. I bought the RQ1050 (same thing with simpler outlook). The precision is really bad. It leaves stray hair here and there and getting them shaved takes a lot of effort and makes my skin all read. I even tried to use shaving foam, which makes it a bit easier on the skin, but still, getting a clean shave is a nightmare. Makes me want to throw this thing to the wall! Can’t use it at all, because of the frustration.

  • GREAT RAZOR

    This razor is great i had the braun 9595 and it was so loud and cut me a little all over and my face was all red with this one i put a little pre shave cream and it glides so easy and i was on a web page that a professional barber showed how to use it and i have no problem getting my neck area and jaw line plus if yall would take 2 minutes and read the instructions you would see the hole had pops right off so simple and then you use the trimmer it don’t take a rocket scientist to shave. thank you hope this helps

  • GREAT RAZOR

    sorry the hole head pops right off miss spelled it thanks

    • False advertising…

      Nope, still misspelled it. How about “the whole head…”

      Anyway, don’t spend money on this thing. It looks nice and is easy to clean, but my twenty-five dollar CVS travel electric razor probably does a better job of actually cutting hair.

  • ron niemann

    what a disappointment. shaves really bad. I called Norelco and the spokesperson said its not for everyone and that its beard specific. I guess mine was not in their profile.
    Been a norelco customer for a long time but this model really turned me off to their product. Would not bu another one since i paid 220 + for this one